A bronze suiban (shallow flower vessel) of oval form decorated with a geometric pattern
Japan 19th century Meiji period
Dimensions: H. 3.5cm x W. 69.5cm x D. 40.5cm (1½” x 27½” x 16”)
Suiban are trays used for bonseki, the practice of creating miniature landscapes from sand and rocks. These scholarly creations are usually displayed in the tokonoma, the formal display area within a traditional Japanese house.